Evans’ Co-accused Denies Any Involvement In Kidnapping
One of the co-accused in the ongoing trial of Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a Evans has denied any involvement in the charges preferred against him.
Victor Aduba told the court at the resume hearing on Friday that the prosecution has no evidence before the court linking him to kidnapping.
Arguing for a bail application, Aduba through his counsel, Emmanuel Ochai noted that he is a first offender as there is no criminal record of him anywhere.
“I am seeking an order for the bail for the sixth defendant (Aduba). The bedrock of the criminal justice system is the assumption of innocence subject to the discretionary powers of the court.
“There is nothing linking the sixth defendant to the kidnap of Donatius Dunu, he has no prior criminal record.
“The prosecution argued that some members of the gang are still at large but there is nothing in the charge before the court that suggests it.
“I wish to appeal that the sixth defendant be granted bail on liberal terms which can allow him attend trial and not punish him,” he said.
Objecting to the application, Shitta-Bey told the court that she had a 15-page counter-affidavit and a written address to that effect.
Citing the Supreme Court case of Asari Dokubo Vs the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the DPP said that Aduba should be denied bail in the interest of the public.
“This is a serious offence and it is not going to guarantee the peace and tranquility of the society and there is no material evidence before the court guaranteeing this.
“I pray the court to refuse the defendant’s bail and dismiss this bail application,” she said.
After the bail application had been argued, trial Judge, Justice Hakeem Oshodi adjourned to March 2, 2018 for ruling.